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The Bitter Truth On Splenda – Part 1
Written by Calvin Sun
Sucralose, better known by its brand name Splenda, has become one of the most popular sugar substitutes in our country. You can find it in several places, ranging from baked goods to diet sodas and even on the counter at your local coffee shop. I was recently having coffee when I overheard two ladies debating the use of Splenda sweetener as part of their nutritional regime. Apparently one of them had recently adopted a “points based” weight loss program that promoted use of artificial sweeteners. She argued that Splenda was a choice product because of its null caloric content and she claimed it was safe because it was an “all-natural” product. I frequently hear similar sentiments whenever I consult clients on their nutrition:
“It has no calories, so it will help me lose fat”
Not exactly, in fact it does the exact opposite. Several studies conducted in recent years have found that consumption of artificial sweeteners can actually contribute to weight gain, metabolic syndrome, and increased risk for heart disease and diabetes. Purdue University conducted a study that found that consumption of artificial sweetener actually led to greater weight gain than those who consumed regular sugar (Journal of Behavioral Neuroscience). While Splenda contains no calories it can still elicit the same insulinogenic response triggered by sugar. When a sweet-tasting substance hits your tongue, a physiological response triggers the pancreas to release insulin into the blood stream for the expected increase in blood sugar. Without the calories the body expects, you remain hungry and become predisposed to overeating at your next meal.